Free In Deed

When a single mother brings her young boy to church for healing, this lonely pentecostal minister is forced to confront the seemingly incurable illness of the child... and his own demons as well. The more he prays, the more things seem to spiral out of his control.


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  • ★★★★ review by Gabriele Capolino on Letterboxd

    There's a lot of Sutton's MEMPHIS in Jake Mahaffy's Venezia 72 Orizzonti winner FREE IN DEED, hopeless and claustrophobic true story set in a land with no God. Have we just discovered a new talent?

  • ★★★★½ review by doctorvalo on Letterboxd

    Great cinematography by Ava Berkofsky

  • ★★★★ review by Spesh to Death on Letterboxd

    A powerfully acted religious drama that lets its viewer watch the events unfolding from a distance, never offering a full understanding, or assigning blame, to the events that unfold. There is a startling authenticity to the church scenes that give Free in Deed a raw momentum and continuity and the ending is spot on.

  • ★★★★½ review by Paul Gallagher on Letterboxd

    Truly immersive cinema - this is a powerfully-told story of lost souls seeking connection to God and each other. Authentic and troubling.

  • ★★★★ review by Ben Anstruther on Letterboxd

    Film #4 at Glasgow Film Festival 2017:

    Free in Deed

    An absolutely heart-wrenching and harrowing portrayal of the true story of a mother who struggles to raise her son Benny, who is diagnosed with Autism and how when the church found out about it.

    The performances in this film were fantastic, espicially from the young boy who plays Benny. He gave such a real performance, one of the best performances from a child-actor I've ever seen. There are moments in this film that are so shocking and some of the decisions that characters make are unforgiving. The direction of this film was great. It was such an atmospheric and almost claustrophobic film that captures its setting and environment perfectly. As for issues this was a very choppy film, there was little narrative structure until the final act which was very focussed on Benny. I also thought were was on church service scene too many. Free in Deed was a film that builds and builds, fleshing out each characters so you cared about them and similar to Manchester by the Sea there were some real shocking moments that caught me off guard.

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